A sunny day in the Scottish capital sees Edinburgh to secure a 52-14 win and reduce the gap between Scarlets to one point.
A win for Scarlets would have guaranteed them a home Pro14 playoff match but with 13 changes to their starting line-up it was a difficult day at the office for the young team.
Edinburgh ran four tries in 24 minutes – a side that were very much looking to get back to winning ways and played with copious spurts of determination. Scarlets managed to re-focus and crossed the whitewash twice through Dan Jones and former England Sevens player Tom Varndell.
With the score 26-14 at half-time Scarlets knew they were going to have to work to get back into the game and capitalise on opportunities.
It was Edinburgh who began the second-half with the momentum, Hidalgo-Clyne scoring a try and then kicking a grubber for van der Merwe to get his hands on and touch down over the line for his second of the match.
A further two tries for Edinburgh through substitutes Luke Crosbie and Nathan Fowles took the score to 33-14 a resounding improvement for an Edinburgh to keep their play-off hopes alive.
All is not lost for Wayne Pivac’s men, they’ve still got a lot to play for the focus shifting to the European semi-final showdown with Leinster in Dublin next week, coveted place in the Champions Cup Final held in Bilbao up for grabs should they get a victory.
The final day of the season will be interesting. If Dragons were to beat Scarlets and Edinburgh were to beat Glasgow, Scarlets will be on the road for their play-off match. It’s very much all still to play for.
Edinburgh: Jordan Lay, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchirst, Mangnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Cornell Du Preez, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Jaco Van Der Walt, Duhan Van Der Merwe, Chris Dean, James Johnston, Dougie Fife, Blair Kinghorn.
Subs: Neil Cochrane, Allan Dell, Murray McCallum, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Crosbie, Nathan Fowles, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett.
Scarlets: Dylan Evans, Ryan Elias, Werner Kruger, Steve Cummins, David Bulbring, Lewis Rawlins, Josh Macleod, Will Boyde, Aled Davies, Dan Jones, Ryan Conbeer, Steffan Hughes, Ioan Nichols, Tom Varndell, Rhys Jones.
Subs: Taylor Davies, Phil Price, Simon Gardiner, Joshua Helps, Shaun Evans, Jonathan Evans, Corey Baldwin, Tom Rogers.